Bob Roll Biography
Bob Roll an American former professional cyclist, author as well as a television sports commentator. He was born in Oakland, California as Bob “Bobke” Roll. He was a member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team until 1990 as well as competed for the Motorola Cycling Team in the year 1991.
Bob Roll Age
Roll was born in July 1960, in Oakland, California, United States.
Bob Roll Career
Roll moved to Greg LeMond’s Z team and added mountain biking to his racing accomplishments in the year 1992. Roll continued racing mountain bikes professionally through the year 1998. He is best known in the cycling world as well as to his global cable television fans, fondly, as “Bobke”.
He is the author of Bobke: A Ride on the Wild Side of Cycling, Bobke II as well as two Tour de France Companion volumes. (“Bobke” is Southern Dutch for “Bobby”.) Also, Roll has also had many columns published in VeloNews. He is credited with suggesting that Joe Parkin, a professional cyclist as well as author, move to Europe and wrote the foreword for Joe’s first book.
As the accounts of the now legendary story go, in the year 1998 a young Lance Armstrong, continuing to recover from testicular cancer remediation, had recently dropped out of the Paris–Nice cycling race. Armstrong’s training coach, Chris Carmichael, invited the affable as well as entertaining Roll to journey to Boone, North Carolina, to talk alongside Lance and do training rides with the young Armstrong for several days.
Armstrong was extremely discouraged by his recent European cycling results as well as Carmichael believed Armstrong had lost his career focus and was on the verge of fully retiring from professional cycling.
Almost out of desperation, Carmichael talked Armstrong into doing one last series of intensive training rides alongside “Bobke” as his riding partner. Roll was up to the challenge. Armstrong was a promising future cycling talent as well as his cycling career was in jeopardy.
According to Roll, “I am sure Lance had probably never met a bike racer like me…a person who could still find some joy and happiness in such weather misery. We had eight hours a day, for eight straight days, of continuous riding in the pouring rain – rain in Biblical proportions! I think Lance would’ve turned things around even without our talks and rides in the Appalachia(n)s, but it turned out to be a pivotal career event for him (and Roll had made a new cycling friend).”
A refocused as well as encouraged Armstrong went on to a successful fourth-place finish in the Vuelta an España, and within a year and a half he had won his first yellow jersey overall victory in the Tour de France road race. Armstrong has since had his yellow jersey wins nullified due to doping. (Roll’s tale of the ride is in Bobke II; Armstrong’s is in It’s Not About the Bike.
Roll continues to enjoy riding road as well as mountain bicycles for recreation and is also a member of the veteran cable television broadcasting team alongside Phil Liggett, MBE, and the late Paul Sherwen who serve as road cycling expert-commentators for the NBC Sports Network cable network’s coverage of the Tour de France, Vuelta an España, Giro d’Italia, Paris–Roubaix, Tour of California as well as other international cycling road races.
Roll has starred in a series of Road ID Tour de France television commercials as himself, riding a bus along with “Tour Mania” (a costumed-disguised rowdy faux rock group played by well-known professional cyclists, such as George Hincapie).
Bob Roll Height and Weight
Roll stands tall at an average height and has an average body weight
Bob Roll Education
Roll did well in school and was a good sportsman. He started to bring professionalism in his works from an early age. Bob was attracted by the charm to become a professional Sport Cyclist.
Bob Roll Family
Roll information about her family are publicly unavailable. Nevertheless, this section will be updated as soon as it is available.
Bob Roll Wife
Roll is married to Chiara Roll. Armstrong needed a training partner. When Carmichael suggested Roll, Armstrong said, ”That’s perfect.” And when Armstrong called Roll, Roll’s wife, Chiara, urged her husband to accept. ”I think Bob has incredible talent and personality,” she said. ”He could boost anybody’s morale. Bob made Lance remember all the good things about cycling.’
Bob Roll Net Worth
Bob has an estimated Net Worth of between $1 million dollars and $5 million
Bob Roll Podcast
Bob Roll is a cycling legend who was part of the first U.S. team to take part in the Tour de France, Team 7-Eleven. In high school he alongside future triathlon legend Scott Molina were cross-country runners as well as training buddies. Also, he is one of the most celebrated cycling commentators around.
Bob Roll Weight Loss
50lbs in 61 Days: New No-Exercise ‘Skinny Pill’ Melts Belly Fat. Why Every Judge On Shark Tank Backed This Product! Never before had the judging panel unanimously decided to each invest millions of dollars into a potential company.
After buying a staggering 25% share in the sisters’ company, the Shark Tank panel have personally mentored the pair, helping them undergo re-branding and re-packing of their miracle product.
Touting their discovery as “the greatest step forward in weight-loss history,” the judges were quick to offer up their hard-earned cash to back the entrepreneurial pair.
“We were shocked. The most we were hoping for was some advice…we weren’t even sure that we would manage to get any investors,” explained Samantha. After outstanding offers from each panel member, the sisters burst into tears.
“It didn’t feel real. The fact that all these successful, business-minded people wanted to be a part of what we were doing and willing to invest their own money, it was very emotional!” explained Anna.
The pair are the first contestants in the show’s long duration to ever receive a standing ovation and offers of investment from all panel members. The sisters said they celebrated the success with champagne and cake when the episode wrapped.
Since filming the show-stopping episode, the sisters have been hard at work putting the advice of their mentors into play.
“We completely re-branded our company and came up with new packaging,” said Anna. The pair recently unveiled the product that netted them millions of dollars in investments.
“The product we displayed on the show has been rebranded into Keto Genesis. It’s the original formula, all we’ve done is change the name and the packaging,” explained Samantha. The sisters launched the product for sale through their company website and say they sold out within 5 minutes.
Bob Roll NBC Sports
Bob “Bobke” Roll joined NBC Sports’ cycling coverage as an analyst in the year 2012 and works on the Tour de France, Critérium du Dauphiné, Amgen Tour of California, Paris-Roubaix, as well as other international cycling road races.
Roll is a former professional cyclist, competing as a Tour de France racer (he finished the event three times) as well as a mountain bike competitor throughout his career. He continues to ride road as well as mountain bicycles recreationally. He is a native of Oakland, California, and currently resides in Durango, Colorado.
Bob Roll Cycling Achievement
- 3-time Tour de France racer – 63rd (1986), DNF due to a crash (1987), 132nd (1990). In addition, Roll was supposed to start the 1988 Tour de France but dropped out the day before the race began due to illness.
- 3-time Giro d’Italia racer, including 1988 when he was a domestique for winner Andrew Hampsten. During the stage through the snow-covered Gavia Pass, Hampsten took 2nd and the general classification leader’s pink jersey, and Roll had to ride up the hill to deliver Hampsten’s warm clothes. He finished 61st. He finished 78th in 1985 and 114th in 1989.
- 7-time Paris–Roubaix racer – 55th (1986), 48th (1987), 25th (1988), 37th (1989), 61st (1990) and two DNFs
- 2-time Liège–Bastogne–Liège racer – 17th (1987) and 54th (1990)
- 3-time Tour de Suisse racer – 56th (1987) – as a domestique for overall winner Andrew Hampsten, 48th (1990)
- 2-time Dauphiné Libéré racer – 1990, 97th (1991) – wherein an odd twist he wore the number ending in 1 signifying he was Motorola’s “team leader” for the event
- 2-time Amstel Gold Race participant – 64th (1988), 120th (1991)
- Tour of Luxembourg racer – 40th (1987)
- Won stage 3 of the 1988 Tour de Romandie
- Won stage 11 (Vail criterium) of the 1985 Coors Classic
- Won the 1997 & 1998 San Francisco Hill Climb
- Raced in eight World Championships (in both road racing and mountain biking)